Maryland Local Treasurer Pleads Guilty to Embezzlement

On May 3, Walter Fisher, former treasurer for Local 1949 of the United Transportation Union, pleaded guilty in federal court for the District of Maryland to one count of embezzling funds from the Ellicott City-based union in an amount greater than $30,000 but less than $70,000.  The guilty plea follows an investigation by the Labor Department.  (OLMS, 5/30/07).  


Former Secretary-Treasurer of Pittsburgh-Area Local Sentenced

On May 9, Stephen Kostelac, former secretary of the Donora, Pa.-based Local Lodge 906 of the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania to six months home detention and five years probation.  He also will be required to pay $26,079.38 in restitution plus a $100 special assessment.  Kostelac, 51, a resident of Fayette City, Pa., pleaded guilty in February to one count of embezzling union funds during the period January